Price Transparency Hearing Against the State Ordered to Reconvene in August of 2017
March 7, 2017
In December, the OSMA joined the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and filed a lawsuit against the state in an effort to block the new price transparency law from being implemented on January 1.
The law is intended to offer patients a clear understanding of their financial obligations before receiving medical services, but the OSMA and OHA agree that the new law’s wording is unclear. It imposes restrictions and makes efficient health care incredibly difficult for health systems and physicians alike.
The preliminary hearing set for January 2017 was rescheduled for March 17, 2017. In late February, there was an order issued to reconvene on the matter in August of 2017. This will give both parties the opportunity to discuss the matter as well as allow ample time for the budget process to be completed.
On January 30, 2017, the new 2018-2019 Budget Proposal was released and included proposed changes to price and quality transparency in health care, which could mean changes to the law itself.
Please continue to check Health Matters for updates regarding this lawsuit.